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Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Abertay is located to the north of the City Centre, just off the A991 North Marketgait. Bell Street is accessed from Victoria Road (A929) but parking is restricted. Drivers are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park.
      Approach the university on the A991. From the west, at the Dudhope Roundabout, take the east bound carriageway and follow the car park sign to the left at the second junction (Constitution Road) then immediately left (Dudhope Crescent Road). From the east, take the slip road on the left just before the car park. There is no direct access from the Bell Street or West Bell Street.
    • Parking on campus is restricted. Visitors and students are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park, accessed from the A991 North Marketgait. The car park is open daily from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs. Blue Badge parking is free every day.
  • By Bus View
    • There are three bus stops on Panmure Street, approximately 200m from the college:
      Albert Square (Stop 2) - bus routes 1A, 1B, 360
      Albert Square (Stop 3) - bus route 18
      Albert Square (Stop 4) - bus routes 28, 29
      There is a further bus stop in Victoria Road (Meadow Place stop) off Bell Street, approximately 200m from the university, served by bus route 202. Dundee bus station is located on Seagate in Dundee and is about 0.4 miles (8 to 10 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the bus station on Trades Lane.
  • By Train View
    • Dundee train station is located on South Union Street in Dundee. The train station is 0.5 miles (11 to 13 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the station on Riverside Drive. There is not a direct bus link from the train station to the university.
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Useful Information

  • To see more information on Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 833.
  • Email: sez@abertay.co.uk.
  • The Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) is located in the Bernard King Library, level 1. It provides a 'one stop shop' for students who require help and advice on any aspect of university life.
  • To see more information on Disabled Student Support please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 051.
  • Email: disabilityadvisors@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The team can advise on a range of matters, including special exam arrangements and the Disabled Student Allowance. In addition, the team will liaise with and offer advice to academic schools to ensure that a comprehensive enhancement package is in place which results in the most appropriate means of support to students.
  • To see more information on Residences Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 049.
  • Email: residences@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Residence Office is located in room 3018D on level 3 of the Old College building. The office is open 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.
  • To see more information on Admissions Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 000.
  • Email: admissions@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Admissions section in Registry is responsible for the oversight of all UK and EU applications to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Some of the main services include:
    * Acting as a central source for receiving and updating UCAS application data
    * Assessing application forms for disabilities and criminal convictions prior to distribution to School Offices
    * Process home and EU direct undergraduate and postgraduate applications
    * Assessing fee status of new students
    * Processing applicants’ entry qualifications and assisting Schools with verification of such qualifications
    * Provide Schools and senior University management with admissions data
    * Process and send orientation packs to new students.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) users can also make contact by using the online interpreting service at contact SCOTLAND-BSL at the websitehttps://contactscotland-bsl.org/.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Abertay University car park.
    • The car park is located on Bell Street next to the main university buildings?.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is West Bell Street.
    • The car park is located on West Bell Street, accessed from Dudhope Crescent / North Marketgait.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 210cm x 600cm (6ft 11in x 19ft 8in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Bell Street outside the Kydd Building main entrance.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 210cm x 500cm (6ft 11in x 16ft 5in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Bell Street.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of survey parts of the university campus car park were closed off for construction works, including all Blue Badge bays.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Bell Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Kydd, Old College and Graham buildings.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 500cm (13ft 5in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and students.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Kydd Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the buildings.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is divided into two parts accessed from Bell Street, one part to the left of the Kydd Building, the other between the Kydd Building and the Old College building accessed through the tunnel.
    • At the time of survey construction works were taking place and Blue Badge bays were out of commission. Also there was no access to the building via the side entrances.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on Bell Street.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Tunnel Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the right of the courtyard tunnel off Bell Street.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 127cm (4ft 2in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in the entrance to the tunnel.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to level 1 of the Kydd Building main stairwell level 1 only and the Old College building level 1 via the link entrance.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building in the car park.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp is 119cm (3ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a separate ramp in front of the entrance, but the ramp is steep.

Outside Access (Quadrangle Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building off the main corridor.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is portable.
    • Please contact the Kydd Building main reception.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 3 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are two other stepped entrances to the quadrangle as shown in photographs 7 and 8. There is no ramp at these entrances.

Entrance (Levels 1 & 2 - Kydd Building Main Stairwell Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 1 at the front left of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 134cm (4ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a second manual side door giving access to rooms 1022 - 1023 and the Old College Stone Staircase and lift. It is heavy, opens towards you (pull) and is 104cm wide.
    • A similar door on level 2 gives access to rooms 2027 to 2029 and the rear corridor.
    • This entrance at level 1 (photographs 1 to 6) gives access from the Tunnel Entrance and the Kydd Building main stairwell.
    • The entrance at level 2 (photographs 7 to 12) is similar and gives access from the Kydd Building main stairwell level 2 and all levels via lift.

Entrance (Level 3 - Kydd Building Main Stairwell Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 3 to the front left of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located between the first and second set of doors.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second manual side door which gives access to rooms 3008 - 3024 and the rear corridor (photographs 7 and 8). It is heavy, opens towards you (pull) and is 104cm wide.
    • The entrance at level 3 gives access from the Kydd Building main stairwell level 3 and all levels via lift.

Entrance (Courtyard Bridge Levels 2 & 3 - Kydd Building Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on level 2 to the left of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 239cm (7ft 10in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 239cm (7ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the link bridge.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1 to 4 show this entrance and the ramp.
    • There is a similar entrance on level 3 as shown in photographs 4 to 8.
    • For details of the doors at the other end of the bridge, please refer to the Kydd Building guide.

Entrance (Level 1 - Graham Building Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear right of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in).

Entrance (Level 2 - Graham Building Link)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 133cm.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is/are 8 unmarked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the rear of lecture theatre 3004 to the right of the building.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps are shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • There are fixed loop systems in some teaching rooms and lecture theatres as signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • The majority of doors in corridors have push pad automatic opening.

Other Floors (Main Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located immediately beyond the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 55m from the Tunnel Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • To continue to level 3 turn left at the top of the stairs. A second flight then links levels 2 and 3 (photographs 7 to 10).

Other Floors (Stone Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located toward the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 110m from the Tunnel Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.

Other Floors (Wooden Staircase)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    • The stairs are located at the front of the building, to the right as you enter via the Tunnel Entrance and level 1 link.
    • The stairs are approximately 35m from the Tunnel Entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are levels 4 and 5 store rooms and classrooms are not accessible.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building next to the stone staircase.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 800kg.
  • The lift is approximately 110m (120yd 11in) from the tunnel entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 132cm x 146cm (4ft 4in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, 2 and 3 to the front of the building.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the Kydd Building levels 2 and 3 or the Graham Building level 1.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 1)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located to the front of the building, straight as you enter via the Tunnel Entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 70m from the Tunnel Entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There similar facilities in the same location on all three floors.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 2 (Level 3 Similar))

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female toilet is located to the front left of the building, to the right as you exit the liftwell.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 80m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is available.
    • There is a/are horizontal wall mounted rail(s) on the right as you face the toilet.
    • The ambulant toilet does not have vertical wall mounted grab rails.
    • There is a/are dropdown rail(s) on the left as you face the ambulant toilet(s).
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever twist.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Toilet Facilities 2 View
    • The male toilet is located to the front left of the building, to the right as you exit the liftwell.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 75m from the lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 85cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is lever twist.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The male and female toilets on level 3 are similar.